Frittelli and Spieth named to The Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Feb. 8, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Men's Golf senior Dylan Frittelli and freshman Jordan Spieth have been named to the 2012 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List as announced today by the selection committee. The most prestigious award in men's college golf, The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men's performer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period.
One of the 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Ben Hogan Award, Frittelli collected his fifth top 10 of the season in as many events at last week's Amer Ari Invitational with a tie for ninth place. A three-time All-American, Frittelli is the No. 2-ranked collegiate individual per Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
On the heels of his first collegiate title at the Isleworth Invitational last fall, Spieth finished in second place at the Amer Ari Invitational after falling in a one-hole playoff. The 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, Spieth's additional accomplishments on the amateur circuit over the last year include advancing to the Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur quarterfinals and a 2-0-1 record at the Walker Cup. Spieth is the top-ranked men's collegiate individual after last week's finish at the Amer Ari Invitational.
The 2012 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List includes: Frittelli, Spieth, Blayne Barber (Auburn, Jr.), Zac Blair (BYU, Jr.), Julien Brun (TCU, Fr.), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, So.), Sean Dale (North Florida, Jr.), Derek Ernst (UNLV, Sr.), Luke Guthrie (Illinois, Sr.), Stephan Jaeger (Chattanooga, Sr.), Brooks Koepka (Florida State, Sr.), Jace Long (Missouri, Jr.), Bryden Macpherson (Georgia, Jr.), Daniel Miernicki (Oregon, Sr.), Corbin Mills (Clemson, Jr.), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington, Fr.), Thomas Pieters (Illinois, So.), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, Fr.), Kyle Souza (Chico State, Sr.), Justin Thomas (Alabama, Fr.), Ethan Tracy (Arkansas, Sr.), Harold Varner (East Carolina, Sr.), T.J. Vogel (Florida, Jr.), James White (Georgia Tech, Sr.), Cory Whitsett (Alabama, So.), Chris Williams (Washington, Jr.), Eugene Wong (Oregon, Sr.) and Andrew Yun (Stanford, Jr.).
A list of 10 semifinalists will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 11, and then will be pared down to three finalists on Thursday, May 10. The winner will be crowned at a banquet at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 21, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR's Crowne Plaza Invitational.
The award, which was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
Since that time, the winners have been: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010) and Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011).